Re: DB letter to "Ma"
- Keith is probably right. Among all my examples of DB's signature, I
find no "bird with a straw hat" prior to 1944.
I also do not think DB traveled to Canada during his 1942 lecture
tour. Reading his almost daily newspaper columns, it's pretty easy
to figure out his route and schedule.
DB began in Florida at the end of December 1941 and generally
covered the Midwest and Far West. He was in Seattle in early April,
where he wrote "Bataan Falls," then moved on to Portland. He was in
California (Los Angeles, I think) when he registered for the draft
in late April 1942. His return trip to Florida took him through
Oklahoma and Texas. He arrived home in Fort Pierce barely in time
for his 2nd wedding anniversary in mid June.
However, the mention of Mother's Day and snow and the shivering bird
tells me this note may have been written in Calgary about May 8,
I have a jumbo postcard sent on that day to Lillian Meade in Houston:
Snowing here today, May 8, so I can't go out and find local post
cards. Will be on move until July second.
Happy years to you.
May 8, 1957
The bird appears next to Aloha and again before Lillian's name on
the address side of the card. The subject of the card is the Trail
Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. In 1957,
Mother's Day was on May 12.
This postcard is one of my special treasures -- as we know, DB died
in Los Angeles a month and a day later.
It makes perfect sense that DB would use hotel stationery if he was
snowed in and needed an envelope for the enclosure.
By the way, one of DB's Star-Bulletin columns (Sept. 1953 - July
1957) mentions the genesis of the little bird. I'm not sure if it's
among the columns I've transcribed, but you might have a look.
Cadia may be right about the date of your letter. As she said, he was in Calgary in May of
1957 (just a month before he died) and the signature on the letter you sent me looks like his
1950's autograph. His signatures were very sloppy near the end of his life.
Cadia...neat postcard you got. Don also mentions the timeline for the Goofus bird in the back
of one of his books...TODAY IS HERE, I believe.